HCM CITY — City authorities have asked several agencies to deploy more personnel to control traffic congestion in areas where students attend school.
Gateways leading from the outskirts to the city centre have become more congested recently because some schools have resumed operation for the upcoming academic year.
"Travelling to the centre is more difficult now, and congestion takes a lot of time every day," Ngo Minh Tri, a resident of District 12, was quoted as saying in Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper.
Tri travels every day on the busy Truong Chinh – Cong Hoa route to go to his job in District 3. Twenty primary and secondary schools are located around the route.
In Phu Nhuan District, congestion has become more severe at the intersections of Phan Dang Luu – No Trang Long and Phan Dang Luu – Hoang Hoa Tham, where there are three primary schools.
Congestion occurs when parents park on the street in front of school gates to drop off or pick up their children.
Drivers who are going to work and leaving offices on separate working shifts are also contributing to congestion, particularly when it occurs during opening and closing hours of schools.
The city Traffic Police, which has identified 125 areas vulnerable to congestion, has set up a plan to deal with traffic problems.
Traffic policemen will work with local communities' security officers and traffic volunteers to help guide traffic during rush hours.
The city has also deployed inspectors to clear sellers' stands along streets and pavements to open up more parking space for students and parents.
"The city People's Committee has ordered the districts to clear stands as well as deal with traffic violation," said Nguyen Ngoc Truong, deputy director of the city's Traffic Safety Committee.
At busy intersections, the city has also set up electric signs that direct drivers to travel in another direction if there is congestion ahead. — VNS